Funding Opportunity

Crafting Futures Grant Scheme

The British Council will award research grants of up to £5,000 each for UK-based practitioners to undertake overseas residencies, projects, collaborations or other activities in response to a set of research themes related to the Crafting Futures programme between October 2018 and February 2019.

Up to 8 successful applications will be chosen depending on the grant amounts. The grants are weighted towards applications which will take place in countries on the DAC Official Development Assistance (ODA) list, which can be found here. A maximum of 2 grants will be given for activities taking place in non-ODA eligible countries. For more details about ODA see the OECD What is ODA page.

Proposals should:

- Respond to a research question outlined in the Open Call document, downloadable here;

- Be for a project happening overseas with priority given to Official Development Assistance eligible countries;

- Be endorsed by a local host, partner or collaborator in the country where the activity is proposed, indicating how local communities will benefit from the project and that it is locally relevant. Please see further resources at the end of this document for support;

- Address how the sustainability of craft practice can create livelihoods and aid in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals; Further information on the SDGs can be found here;

- Outline what success would look like and how this impact would be measured, assessing both benefit to participants in country and to the applicant’s personal practice;

The aim of the grant scheme is to:

- Build stronger connections with the UK craft sector and create opportunities for future exchange;

- To support craftspeople in the UK and overseas to have the ability to improve their livelihoods;

- To generate greater understanding and perceived value of craft within the sector, alongside developing new audiences and markets;

- To support the strengthening and development of the quality of creative practice and craft work globally; and

- To increase opportunities for people to learn, train and enter craft practice.

This grant scheme will provide an opportunity for individuals or organisations and countries from outside of our existing Crafting Futures programming to get involved and contribute to the mission of supporting a sustainable future for craft around the globe.